From broken bone care to spinal cord treatments, our physicians at Tricity Pain Associates are highly trained and experienced in treating chronic pain that is caused by certain medical conditions, advanced age, and injury. We have been helping patients in Texas to manage their pain through our advanced diagnostics and imaging tests, such as discography, for many years. Discography or a discogram is a comprehensive imaging test that helps evaluate whether an intervertebral disc is the cause of your back pain. It utilizes x-ray technology and contrast dye to pinpoint the exact source of your discomfort. It is a safe and effective diagnostic tool that enables our team to provide an accurate diagnosis and customized treatment plan for your unique condition. Call one of our Texas locations today to learn more about discography and how it can help you.
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Why is it performed?
A discogram is generally not the first step in evaluating your discomfort and is reserved for patients who have been experiencing pain for an extended period of time without relief from medication and other noninvasive therapies. Our overall goal at Tricity Pain Associates is to use the safest and most effective methods possible to properly understand the type and extent of your pain. Through advanced diagnostic testing, such as discography, we are able to accomplish this objective so we can provide an accurate diagnosis and determine what kinds of therapies will be best suited for you.
The spine is made up of intervertebral discs, which are sponge-like cushions that help absorb shock and aid in support of the spinal column. During discography, a specialized dye is injected into the center of one or more discs, which can be seen on an x-ray or fluoroscope monitor. After the material is administered, a series of x-rays will be taken to capture images of your spine. These images will reveal if there is any damage to your discs, which may be the underlying cause of your back pain. A discogram usually takes about 30 – 60 minutes to complete but can vary, depending on the number of discs being tested.
After A Discogram
After your test is complete, you will be monitored for a short period of time and released to go home. Since a discogram is a minimally invasive exam, we recommend that you have a friend or family member drive you home afterward. You will experience some pain at the injection site(s), but this is normal and can be eased with a cold compress and over-the-counter pain medication. If you experience any lasting or abnormal symptoms, you should contact us right away. Generally, we do not rely on discography alone to determine your diagnosis and may perform other diagnostic testing to provide the most accurate diagnosis possible.
At Tricity Pain Associates, our doctors are dedicated to improving the pain and discomfort patients suffer from every day so that they can get back to doing the things they love. If you are experiencing debilitating pain due to natural causes, such as old age, or are recovering from a terrible accident, discography may be the diagnostic test you need to help pinpoint the source of your discomfort. Reach out to one of our Texas locations to schedule a private consultation today.